Re: Sorry, Off Topic but I need to tell someone!

From: Markus Mehring (m.m@gmx.de)
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 21:44:43 PDT

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    On Wed, 11 Jul 2001 09:29:25 +1200, you (Steve Adams
    <steve.adams@pdl.co.nz>) wrote:
    
    >I would actually say that from my viewing location it was within
    >5 miles from me and at a height of about 500 - 1000 metres.
    
    Not that I want to spoil your enthusiasm :), but I somewhat doubt this.
    Speed and distance to a meteor can be very deceiving. Even if it appears
    bright and hence nearby and shows lots of details such as a steady smoke
    trail, and even if you (think you) hear it, it usually is lots and lots of
    kilometers/miles away from your location, quite likely near the, uhm,
    "edge" of the atmosphere.
    Of course such an obs is still mighty impressive, though. I've seen 5 or 6
    such fireballs in the past ~2 years, and it always gives me a thrill.
    
    
    CU!	Markus
    
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